Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 970,000
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1926 S 5C MS obverse 1926 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

What a difference a few years makes. The 1926 S nickel had a mintage not much lower than that of the 1931 S issue, but it it vastly more rare in Mint State. While the later date was not released in large numbers until 1935, when speculators were ready to pounce on it, the 1926 S nickels were seemingly all issued to circulation at or near their time of minting. It's doubtful that more than a few hundred survive unworn.

Most examples are poorly struck on one or both sides from dies that show varying degrees of erosion. As is usually the case with coins having mintmarks on their reverse, it is those dies that were used the longest and are most likely to display heavy wear and distorted peripheries.

Collectors hoarded this issue from circulation starting in the late 1930s, but its modest mintage largely stymied their efforts. It remains scarce in lower grades and rare in grades VF and higher.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/25/2017

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1926 S 5C MS
Base $ 24.00 50.00 100.00 280 775 2550 2850 3350 4050 5050 5600 6400 10650 15500 110000 140000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 11500 18500 - - - -

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Total Graded: 1913
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/18/2007 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 151, 156/Lot# 6502 $253.00
9/21/2008 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68094, 68094/Lot# 64279 $287.50
9/6/2009 PCGS F 15   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2538 $126.50
4/25/2011 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3054, 3054/Lot# 1130 $287.50
3/8/2012 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 7414 $293.25
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24364 $159.80
11/10/2013 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 150559 $187.00
6/16/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20160 $2,585.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 S 5C MS
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 2985
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
Grade: VF 35
Points: 793
Owner: BankNote1
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